When you decide that divorce is the best option, there is a lot of new legal jargon that will be thrown your way. This might be overwhelming at the start, but soon you will know which terms you need to understand and which are not as important. One of the most common questions that arise is about the differences between a contested and uncontested divorce and how each effect the process. Here is a simple explanation of contested divorce in Utah. 

When clients are in disagreement over the terms of a divorce, it is known as a “contested divorce.” Though all splitting couples would like to lessen the stress of divorce and have a simple proceeding, this is not always the case. There are often arguments over child custody arrangements, the division of assets and spousal support, or alimony. These disagreements complicate the divorce process and can make it last through several months of litigation.

These types of divorces normally end in the courtroom, with a judge giving the final word on the terms of the divorce for the couple.

It is very difficult for a contested divorce to have success in mediation, though mediation can be very beneficial. Mediation allows the couple to make decisions for themselves without having to go to court. This shortens the process of divorce and lets the couple arrange the terms as they both wish. If you are in the process of divorce, speaking with your attorney about mediation might diminish your stress and be very beneficial for you.

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